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Thursday, April 25, 2019

V is for VOCABULARY


“We have too many 
high sounding words
 and too few actions 
that correspond with them.”
Abigail Adams 



 “A man with a scant vocabulary 
will almost certainly 
be a weak thinker. 

The richer and more copious 
one's vocabulary
 and the greater one's 
awareness of 
fine distinctions 
and subtle nuances of meaning, 
the more fertile and precise 
is likely to be one's thinking.

 Knowledge of things and
knowledge of the words 
for them grow together.
If you do not know the words, 
you can hardly know the thing.”

Henry Hazlitt



One of the really bad things 
you can do to your writing 
is to dress up 
the vocabulary, 

looking for long words 
because you're maybe 
a little bit ashamed 
of your short ones. 

This is like dressing up 
a household pet 
in evening clothes. 

The pet is embarrassed 
and the person who committed 
 this act 
of premeditated cuteness 
should be even 
more embarrassed.”
Stephen King,


 The limits of my language 
are the limits of my universe.”
Goethe 

HOW IMPORTANT
DO YOU THINK 
VOCABULARY IS?

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

U is for UNDERSTANDING



“Life can only be understood backwards; 
but it must be lived forwards.”
Søren Kierkegaard 


 “Any fool can know. 
The point is to understand.”
Albert Einstein 


 “Everything that irritates us 
about others
 can lead us to an understanding 
of ourselves.”
Carl Gustav Jung 


 “Nothing in life is to be feared,
 it is only to be understood. 

Now is the time to understand more, 
so that we may fear less.”
Marie Curie 

DO YOU THINK MANY
OF THE WORLD'S 
PROBLEMS
STEM FROM LACK OF
UNDERSTANDING?

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

T is for THOUGHT

Your Mind does not care 
what your Brain thinks?


“The world isn't just the way it is. 

It is how we understand it, no? 

And in understanding something, we bring something to it, no?

Doesn't that make life a story?”
Yann Martel


The brain and mind are both involved in consciousness 

and the terms are often used interchangeably but the brain and the mind are not the same.



To imagine the influence of the mind over the brain, 

picture executives gathering in a boardroom to direct corporate strategy and determine company policy. 



There is so much we do not know 
about how we think.

I mean, 
are thoughts made of matter? 


In a sense thoughts are made of matter, 

but in the same way a flame or a sound wave is made of matter.

The signal is propagated, but which matter does so constantly changes.

Electrons don't just flow along a nerve.

 
When a neuron fires, electrical current jumps from one to another via synapses., 

But to transmit the signal 

the receiving neuron must fire and transmit the signal to the next neuron in line ...

like one mysterious Conga Line of Thought.


WHAT DO YOU THINK OF 
THE MIRACLE OF THOUGHT?

Saturday, April 20, 2019

S is For ... WEP_RIF



(583 Words)




RIF


It sounded like a term in music.  

"Let me play you a RIF  from my latest song."

 But there was nothing musical in losing your job to being Reduced in Force.  

 Such an impersonal term.  

 Large corporations liked their bloodless terms when slashing their employees’ wrists.



Alice sat down wearily on the couch on which she could almost see Troop curled up waiting to be hugged.   

Troop. 


Why couldn’t dogs live as long as parrots?


Maybe hearts so filled with love burst all too quickly?   

In that case, Frank would live forever.  

 May his new trophy wife leave him as empty as he left her those long years ago. 


On the coffee table she carefully set down her jewelry box 

which held only the jewels of memories, some bitter sweet, others just bitter. 


Alice made sure not to nudge her champagne glass though it was only filled with Ginger Ale.   

What had been Frank’s mocking refrain?  

 ‘Alice gets in too much trouble sober to dare being drunk.’


Alice opened the jewelry box and took out the bottle chock-full of sleeping pills.  

 She’d endured three sleepless months after Frank left to hoard enough to ensure the Big Sleep as Bogie called it.


Then, on the way home from the pharmacy that third month, she’d seen Troop, wet, lost, and bedraggled on the side of the road.


Who was cruel enough to abandon a Golden Retriever?


Troop helped fill the void left by Frank’s desertion and Susan’s death.  

 Suze, her wry wit had brightened all her days since grade school up to her brave, futile battle with cancer.


Alice pulled Troop’s collar from the jewelry box, followed by the baggie filled with his golden hair taken after he had died in her arms at the Vet’s.   

She opened the plastic bag and felt the soft hairs.   

She blinked back the hot tears.


She swallowed a few pills, washing them down with a sip of Ginger Ale.


Next, she pulled out the folded divorce papers and tossed them in disgust on the carpet. 



The postcards and letters from Suze Alice gently placed beside Troop’s collar and baggie of hairs.   

She opened her eyes wide to clear them so she could re-read every one  …


Although she long ago memorized them all.


More pills, more sips of Ginger Ale.


She could hear Suze in her head as she always did when she knew she was making a mistake.


‘Ali, there is still a future for you.  All you have to do is go out there and make it yours.’


Alice sighed, 

“Maybe that was true when we were younger, Suze.   

But you’re long dead, and I’m dead meat.  Too young for Social Security and too old to get another job for which I’m trained.”


Her shoulders slumped, “I am so weary of empty words and emptier people, sick of unseeing eyes.  I long for this endless sleep.”


Alice swallowed the rest of the pills, washing them down with the remainder of the Ginger Ale.   

She swung her legs up on the couch. Laying her head on Troop’s favorite pillow, she closed her heavy eyes, putting the now empty jewelry box on her chest.


It was getting harder to breathe.   

A weary peace settled on her like a heavy blanket.   

She almost felt the box slip from her relaxing fingers, dimly heard it thud hollowly to the carpet.


Darkness enveloped her, and for the first time in years, Alice welcomed it.


A cold nose suddenly nudged her limp fingers.  Though closed, her eyes saw an old friend.


‘Oh, Troop, you waited for me.’


 

“Today is only one day
in all the days that will ever be. 
But what will happen 
in all the other days that ever come 
can depend on what you do today." 

-Ernest Hemingway
For Whom the Bell Tolls

R is for REJUVENATE


“There was no respect for youth when I was young, and now that I am old, there is no respect for age. 

I missed it coming and going.”
 - J B Priestley

Countess Elizabeth Báthory

Considered by many to be the world's worst female serial killer,

She was the true inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula. 

Legend has it that she bathed in the blood of at least 650 servant girls she had tortured and killed to retain her youth.


Did you know that Vampire Facelifts and 
Young Blood Transfusions are a Thing, now?


Older people are transfusing 
the blood of the young
to try to halt 
or reverse the effects of aging.

 

Plasma from young people between 16 and 25 is transfused into patients over 30

 as part of a clinical trial called “Ambrosia.”

 The treatment costs $8,000 for one liter or $12,000 for two!

Creepy, much?

Friday, April 19, 2019

QUESTIONS to ask if you wish a better life _ A To Z Challenge Post



“We hear only those questions 
for which we are in 
a position to find answers.” 
— Friedrich Nietszche

If we don’t make time to examine our motives, it may catch up to us. 
 
Why? 
 
Many people are dictated by their unconscious desires instead of making conscious choices. 
 
 
 “Question everything. 
Learn something. 
Answer nothing.”
 — Euripedes

Ask WHO ARE YOU BECOMING? 

The Past is written. The Present is the sum of your earlier choices.  The Future is uncertain.

  
Who you decide to be should be an informed decision not a consequence of following the path of least resistance.


Ask DO I LIKE MYSELF?


“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.”
 — Joseph Campbell

See the past as a series of events that shaped your life, 

because every experience brings the gift of learning and growth. 

If you disapprove of yourself you cannot possibly like other people 

since every interaction stems from your relationship with yourself.


Ask WHAT MATTERS MOST TO YOU & WHY?

“In all my affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark 

on the things I have long taken for granted.” 
— Bertrand Russell

This is an important question 

because until you clarify what you value most, you will spend your life wandering aimlessly. 

Sadly, many people may never discover what is important to them 

because they are distracted by the swirl of events around them.

To You, 

WHAT IS THE MOST 
IMPORTANT QUESTION 
TO ASK YOURSELF?